Is 'Air Hostess' glamour a beauty trend worth trying? Stylist's Beauty Director Joanna McGarry puts it to the test...
For all their blindingly red lips, hawk-eyed powder contouring and unwavering dedication to the bun ring, there is something quite comforting about a properly dolled-up air hostess.
I use the term ‘air hostess’ in defiance of the more politically correct, gender-neutral, ‘flight attendant’ which has none of the associated glamour about it.
Because somewhere deep down I believe that she who takes the time to buff her shins with tanning mousse on the eve of a transatlantic voyage or curl, paint and separate her lashes with heavy-duty mascara in the plane loos in between lunch and afternoon tea is also someone who will know just what to do if high-altitude terror – or an intoxicated pilot – should strike
Of course, beneath the clouds, the ‘more is more’ approach to make-up is not nearly as easy to do well. After sculpting my eyes, adding bronzer to the underside of my cheeks and slicking on three layers of thick, vivid ruby gloss, I felt like a trussed up Christmas turkey. The lip on its own would have been ample. In fact, the scarlet lip – a motif of strident glamour for the air hostess since the Fifties – has been championed for spring by Erdem, Rick Owens and Dior, teaming it with a gentle wash of taupe on the eyelids.
‘More is more’ it may be, but the air hostess look should be celebrated. Bare Minerals has done just that with its new lip gloss dedicated to those who reign high on Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class flights, called Upper Class Red. Appropriately, it’s only available to buy on board. What better location to try full-on, Monroe-esque glamour?